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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: April University Shows...1969

All right kids, I have never been a big fan of He was a friend of mine, but if you are, you have to check out 4-12-69, at the University of Utah. It has to be one of the all time best.

The month was busy--and three nights and three states (AZ-UT-CO) and three universities comprise the shows I am immersed in (4-11, 4-12 & 4-13). Sure, you say, we know the Fillmore shows of only six weeks prior, and we know the power house shows of the Avalon and the Ark, also in this month. But, take the time to check this out. Beware, unfortunately, the cuts in CE and OO. But if you ever wanted to hear a HWFOM that has the vocals just right, give it a listen.

Only two (???) reviews, both positive:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-12.sbd.cotsman.14914.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by William Tell on 2007-12-01 23:00:26

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

right on i happen to be a big fan of the song so ill check this one out.. only two reviews? what gives

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 1, 2007 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Would love to hear your take on it...I don't know the song that well and may be all wet.

Thanks.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 1, 2007 6:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

This is a really good show too, very similar to the 4/17 Download Series show (of course), and I think the sound is decent -

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-15.aud.miller.31435.sbeok.flacf

4/17, 18, and 20 are also university shows....must have been the theme for this tour!

April '69 was a powerful month for sure - at the same time I think I can hear them unwinding from the intensity of Feb/March - and as I mentioned earlier, expanding the setlist quite a bit - in May they could get quite loose onstage.
Here's an uninspired high-school show with a terrible Hard to Handle! (Charlie Miller calls this the worst-ever show.)
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-05-16.sbd.clugston.6316.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 1, 2007 7:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

I don't often listen to AUDs, with all the great SBDs out there. But there's some amazing guitar work on Morning Dew. I see Lossless Legs is redoing 69. Hopefully they'll include that night. Thanks for the rec, LiA!

BTW, I'm beginning to wonder whether WVU has paid off the refs in their game with Pitt.

This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2007-12-02 03:18:28

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Yes, the 4-12 and 4-13 shows are great! (I don't remember 4-11 offhand.) Once you've taken Tell's advice and listened to these shows, check out the prequel engagement at the Avalon from 4-4 to 4-6. Sound quality is better in the first two, but there's a killer TOO > DDHNM on 4-6.

And there's another great university show a few days later: Wash U on 4-17!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 1, 2007 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

That's right, Lou; one of the download series I think. This month is just full up--I must have 14-15 shows for April 69! Don't know many months that are close to that number, and as enjoyable...at least for me. Sure, it is largely the same set of songs, the Live Dead/Aoxomoxoa selections, but damn fine...

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Dec 1, 2007 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Yeah, the only other months of similar density in my cache are 10-73 and 5-77. 6-76 is close. I should have more from 5-72 but I haven't gotten around to accumulating all of them. I've just recently been gorging myself on 4-78, and I'm wondering whether the shows I haven't heard from that month come close to those I have. But that's outside your chosen era, IIRC. 2-68 is in the ballpark, but the shows are shorter.

Anybody out there watching the Oklahoma/Mizzou game? Crazy two-point conversion to end the half!

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Poster: acetboy Date: Dec 1, 2007 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

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This post was modified by acetboy on 2008-05-29 22:32:49

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2007-12-01 19:26:42

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Hey, I am right there with you on both fronts. Never cared for the song. Still don't, really, BUT thought this was the best I had heard. That's why I am curious as to what folks think that like it...not sure why I don't. "It's a sin" and a few others are in this category for me...

And, the travel aspect for these shows was what really struck me. Amazing, really. And just that it is three universities, including mormon ville.

What a trip.

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Poster: L.A. Women Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

there is some grate guitar work in he was a friend of mine your missing out, solid jamming. the way i see it, anytime they jam i like it, especially from the early days. sure, maybe the song in itself is not that appealing but are you saying you get no enjoyment from the instrumental aspect of it.

and its a sin is a sweet song, love hearing jerry sing songs like that, and aint no lie, been all around this world etc.... i knew you didnt listen to much after 71 but i didnt know your taste was that bad...... just fuckin around.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 1, 2007 5:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

There is some great guitar work on this HWFOM, you are absolutely right. I had not heard that before; the vocals on a few put me off, so I probably short changed it as a result.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 2, 2007 5:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

I'll admit to liking this song, but more as a rare occasion sort of thing. I thing this one would be sort of hard to sing, with the awkward phrasing and all, and that shows in the vocals a lot. It doesn't lend itself to catching on with the listener. I have found it a comfort on the sad occasion of losing a comrade. I like it for being a sad, honest song without much polish, raw to match the emotion the lyrics express. I couldn't listen to that maudlin' stuff all the time, though.

This post was modified by amosearle on 2007-12-02 13:16:01

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Very well put; thanks for the input.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Dec 2, 2007 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Don't they play a terrific version of this song at the "other" Seminole '69 gig? (Other than the one that came up yesterday) I remember looking at the set list and kinda yawning at Was A Friend and then going, "Wow. This is really rather good!" Definitely the first time I sat up and noticed it. And if memory serves me it neatly slides into a great China Cat!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 2, 2007 3:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

I cannot speak to that one, BUT did just listen to 6-7-69, and can say that that one stands up well...still like the above (4-12-69) better, but...as noted above, the vocals are hard to nail just right.

Amazing, really, that the boys would try to do these sorts of songs. On the other hand, perhaps prepared them well for the upcoming efforts on Workingman's and American Beauty, when for once and for all, they shined, vocally. Never to be replicated again, IMHO.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Dec 4, 2007 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Yeah, though American Beauty sparkles in many moments and I have to say I love their vocals on Reckoning and the overdub vocals on Europe '72.

If I had my Deadbase (I would take you home) I'd confirm that Pow Wow He Was a Friend...it's a killer set. Right up your street William.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: Dec 4, 2007 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

5/24/69 Mr. Tell. It's here on the archive. Check it out.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 4, 2007 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

HA! Just listening to this while driving this morning! Really funny how this keeps happening...Thanks.

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Dec 2, 2007 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

the Seminole gigs were seminal.

We had a seminar on them if you recall, and semolina was enjoyed as Garcia, Lesh and Weir wailed on those semitone during Saint Semen.

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Poster: jerkwaterdan Date: Dec 1, 2007 10:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: April University Shows...1969

Thanks for pointing out that He Was A Friend of Mine from 4/12/69. Long and spacey, no? I admit to liking this song. My favorite version of it was on 4/23/69 at the Ark. Right after the MC introduces them as "the best fu**ing rock and roll band in the whole world!" they proceed to kick the show off with this long psychedelic folk song. Thats when you know the Dead are in it for the long haul. The second song was Dark Star.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-04-23.sbd.wise.70.sbeok.shnf